Craigslist allows an individual to be a seller and be the selling party that’s in control of the selling transaction.
Don’t be in a hurry to communicate with buyers that contact your craigslist ad. Some buyers get too aggressive and demand that they come to your house and see the item for sale.
Explain to the buyer that you work two jobs. A day job and a night job, and that working by appointment is the only way.
Most craigslist buyers have a second seller to buy from on craigslist and you will have to just let the hurried type move on. By setting an appointment, the seller is relaxed and doing the selling transaction at the convenience of the seller’s schedule. No hurrying and no stress. Keep in mind that you may have to wait a month to get the great price that you want for your used possessions. Be prepared to plan and be patient for the buyer that deserves your stuff.
Be sure that the buyer knows the amount of money they are to bring for the item you are selling, in cash. Ninety percent of all buyers will offer a lesser amount once you are face-to-face for the transaction. The potential buyer can and will try to come down on the agreed asking price of sale. Do not be shocked and be prepared to turn people away because of this gesture, or mark your item for sale, higher-in-price, in your ad and allow for the lesser offer at transaction time. You can always claim that you have a text message stored and stating the agreed price. You may be willing to take $5.00 or $10.00 less than agreed to be done with being a salesman?
Do your research and look at the price of items similar to yours on craigslist at the given time. Some sellers are hard-up and at rock-bottom when they sell their possessions at all-mighty low prices. You may want to post your item for sale when the prices are higher on craigslist.
Never give out your cell phone # until you feel that you are comfortable with the buyer via communications on craigslist or email. Always write in your craigslist ad that you operate by appointment. The use of the buyer having your CP# would only be for trying to locate each other at the time of the transaction. The use of email gives you more control with the transaction.
If you are leary to set appointments with strangers coming to your home, then set the appointment near to your home so you are not spending a lot of time and money on fuel driving to a location 1/2 hour away. Home Depot and Wal-Mart all have many security cameras in the parking areas. If you are selling a high dollar item then take a friend along for the ride/transaction, for security. This being said, you should also instruct the buyer to come alone. If the buyer does not come alone then control the situation and text the seller to leave others down the road at Mc Donald’s. This is generally over-kill and I believe craigslist gets a lot of bad press from bad things that have happened due to craigslist being the tool in between to parties. That being said, don’t let security cameras give you a false feeling of security. There are lots of crazy people in the world and they are most likely thinking that you are at rock-bottom and that’s why you’re selling your possessions. They could try to intimidate you with the element of surprise. I have not experienced this with the use of craigslist but you have to prepare yourself for potential types that use craigslist.
It’s your responsibility to make sure you get your possessions sold.
A buyer will often try to take control of the seller by the use of over texting or over emailing. Most likely demanding to set the appointment for meeting at the potential buyers demands and conditions.
When using craigslist to sell your possessions, control the act of taking into control of the transaction.
I have used craigslist for many transactions of selling my possessions before a move. I have used craigslist for well over 150 transactions. I’m a former owner of a construction business. The construction business was alive for 23 years and also had a fleet of trucks. Selling construction equipment all in one transaction is impossible. Some of your associates will want to buy equipment and not have money left to buy it all. This is where craigslist becomes as a great tool.
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